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Town Hall Meeting in Sierra City, California

I was invited to attend a meeting on April 7 in Sierra City, between Forest Service officials and a group of concerned area miners regarding what the miners described as abuses by the BLM and local Forest Service officials.

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Little Rocky Mountains, Montana


The Little Rocky Mountains are a group of wooded hills, 10 miles long and 8 miles wide, which form an island in the Great Plains of north-central Montana. They rise to 5,708 feet, 2,000 feet above the surrounding plains.

Melman on Gold & Silver


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Detecting for Possible Mid-Range Eluvial Gold


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The Joy of Prospecting


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Prospecting for Copper Ores—Part II


Copper is a critically important metal that we need to run our modern electronic society, and the long term outlook for this metal is for a steady increase in price.

Miner Charged in Death of Downieville Miner


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International Wayside Resurrects Gold Rush in British Columbia


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